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Guitar World August 2019

Guitar World is the world’s leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top-flight coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Metallica's Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the White Stripes' Jack White and Tool's Adam Jones. Every issue of Guitar World magazine offers broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar World’s famously thorough lessons and transcriptions.

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what’s the word? it’s thunderbird!

I DON’T KNOW if “Thunderbird” is my favorite ZZ Top song (I mean, it’s hard to compete with that live-in-1980 version of “Cheap Sunglasses” on YouTube), but it’s definitely in my top three. “Thunderbird,” one of the live tracks from 1975’s Fandango!, has always stood out for a few reasons. I love how it explodes out of the gate two seconds after the announcer barks, “Ladies and gents, the fantastic ZZ Top!” It’s just three guys on a stage, but it sounds like seven runaway freight trains doing 117 mph. Billy Gibbons’ playing is tight, solid and “in the groove,” especially on those meaty solos and turnarounds. Then there’s the band’s dynamics (and the crowd’s reaction) during the “Juice, juice, juice / Really makes you loose, loose, loose,” part. But, best…

4 min.
sounding board

Gilmour’s #0001: The Legend Grows It’s fun to watch the folklore about this awesomely numbered guitar grow over the years. Back in 2006, Seymour W. Duncan and I went public with the true story of this guitar, and it seems GW [May 2019] has contributed to and even augmented the legend. It was not given to Seymour by Leo Fender. In 1976, Seymour was winding pickups and repairing guitars at Jensen’s Music in Santa Barbara. A local Central Coast player named Richard Green came to Jensen’s with a 1957 Strat for a repair and re-fin. As was the custom back then, the well-worn neck and body were replaced and refinished with new pieces made by authorized Fender repairmen Wayne Charvel and Phil Kubicki, and the updated instrument was returned to Mr.…

1 min.
defenders of the faith

Jeremy Pongetti AGE: 42 HOMETOWN: Ledyard, CT GUITARS: Eric Clapton Stratocaster, Fender Tele Pro, Taylor acoustics SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Grateful Dead “Deal,” J.J. Cale “After Midnight,” Double the Dial “Hippie Power” GEAR I MOST WANT: George Harrison Rosewood Tribute Telecaster Dan Harrison AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Nashville, TN GUITARS: Fender American Standard Stratocaster, Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Telecaster, PRS Custom 24, Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Modern and classic country covers, my original songs GEAR I MOST WANT: Matchless DC-30 Head and Cab Amp, Gretsch Duo Jet, Gibson Les Paul and ES-335 Custom Shop, Martin OMCPA4 Acoustic, Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Stratocaster Rod Robillard AGE: 62 HOMETOWN: Cornwall, ON, Canada GUITARS: 1976 Fender Strat, Squire Telecaster, Epiphone Les Paul SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Bachman Turner Overdrive “Blue Collar,” Danny Gatton “13 Women,” Led Zeppelin “Since I’ve Been Loving You”…

3 min.
heavy machinery

OVER THE PAST few years George Lynch has reunited with his Dokken band mates on various occasions for live shows. But the closest that fans of that band might get to hearing them back together on record would be to pick up the new self-titled debut album from the End Machine, which finds Lynch reunited with former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson (currently with Foreigner) and drummer Mick Brown, who continues to play with Dokken to this day. Explains Lynch, “Jeff [Pilson] and I have remained close ever since the Dokken years, and that writing chemistry we had back then is still alive. And we like to feed it and collaborate. So over the decades we’ve done a few projects together, including things like Lynch/Pilson [which released Wicked Underground in 2003] and…

1 min.
mike dawes

1 “Be My Mistake” The 1975 I’ve been a fan of these guys for a while. Smart lyrics, production and an honest expression combine to produce a beautiful melancholic performance about guilt, and possibly acceptance. 2 “Blood Eagle” Periphery When every other metal band seems to soften up their sound with success, these guys just bring the savagery. Not only that, but they’re among the nicest people in the world. Yep. 3 “Spiritual Groove” Antoine Dufour I used to listen to this as I walked to the college bus through the woods in England. It’s so awesome on so many levels; brilliant interplay between acoustic guitar and violin. It also somehow sounds kind of metal. 4 “The Equaliser (Not Alone)” The Midnight A couple of NAMM Shows ago, I was driving down Sunset Boulevard in a friend’s…

3 min.
daniel donato

DANIEL DONATO WAS 14 when he first saw the Don Kelley Band at Robert’s Western World in Nashville. He’d recently played on stage for the first time, and he was hooked. After a full day busking on his Taylor 114ce behind a handmade sign reading, “Saving up for a Telecaster,” his dad took him to see Kelley perform at Robert’s, the legendary honky tonk on Lower Broadway. “I remember thinking this timing makes so much sense,” Donato says. “I need to be in this band.” The Don Kelley Band isn’t your typical bar group. Regarded as one of the Music City’s best working country bands, it has performed four nights a week at Robert’s for more than two decades. But in guitar circles, it’s best known as a proving ground for future…